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good morning, america. chaos at the white house. president trump faces bipartisan backlash over the contact between his team and russian officials during the campaign as he blames the intelligence community and press for causing his national security adviser his job. >> i think he's been treated unfairly by the media, as i call it the fake media. >> and his pick for labor secretary withdraws his nomination, the role oprah winfrey played in his downfall. flash flood alert. the strongest storm of the season moving into southern california after a week of heavy rain and flooding mudslides closing down parts of i-80. this tree crushing a car and sandbagging ahead of the next downpour. millions on alert for 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. search for a killer. two teenage girls disappear on a
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hike in indiana and snapchatted these final photos on the trail before authorizes finally found their bodies. now police and the fbi desperately looking for this man spotted on the trail. did their social media posts put them at risk? ♪ you have to make it mariah carrie's big comeback performing in front of a live audience since that new year's eve disaster. >> we're missing some of the vocal but it is what it is. >> now singing her new breakup song as she tries to make her triumphant return. ♪ good morning, america. happy thursday. how about the mariah carey on jimmy kimmel last night. >> she just let her singing do the talking as they say. >> that she did. much more on that ahead. first to that new backlash for president trump over allegations
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his campaign was communicating with russian officials before the election. jon karl is going to start us off this morning. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the president is lashing out at news organizations and even his own intelligence agencies but the white house is facing louder and louder calls for answers about contacts between president trump's team and russia. president trump seemed to relish the trip of his closest friend on the world stage setting a big goal for middle east peace with israeli prime minister bibi netanyahu. >> good negotiator. >> the art of the deal. >> reporter: overhanging it turmoil in the west wing. the president's first public reaction after the firing of national security adviser michael flynn, attacks on the media and the intelligence community. >> general flynn is a wonderful man. i think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media as i call it the fake media in many cases.
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i think in addition to that, from intelligence papers are being leaked, things are being leaked. it's criminal action. criminal act. >> reporter: that's a major turnabout from his press secretary's explanation about why flynn was fired. >> the evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for general flynn's resignation. >> reporter: flynn was caught misleading the white house about his calls with the russian ambassador. but even with flynn now gone, the controversy is far from over. u.s. intelligence sources confirm that there were repeated contacts between members of trump's campaign team and russian intelligence before the election. trump has previously denied any such contacts but on wednesday he refused to answer questions about that. >> mr. president, can you guarantee that nobody on your campaign had any contacts with the russians? >> reporter: this morning, democrats and a growing number of republicans are demanding
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answers from the white house. >> it's highly disturbing and it raises more and more questions that congress has a sworn obligation to get to the bottom of. >> we're looking for facts and we're looking for evidence. >> reporter: now, the two top senators on the judiciary committee, dianne feinstein but republican chuck grassley are saying they want to be briefed by the fbi director and the attorney general about what exactly was going on in the contacts between general flynn and the rugs. >> can you tell us more about the reaction from congress concerning the president saying about the leaks? >> reporter: well, there's now a new letter out from the two top republicans over on the house side asking the department of justice's internal watchdog to investigate leaks. this is exactly what president trump is looking for. they are basically responding not so much to the controversy about the contacts with russia but they want to investigate the leaks coming out of the fbi. >> all right, jon, thank you.
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>> the president had a tweet a minute ago saying those leakers will be caught. let's get a closer look on where things stand on the flynn investigation from pierre thomas and the big question will he face charges for those phone calls to the russian ambassador? the white house said their counsel determined there was no legal problem. >> reporter: not likely. the law in question called the logan act which prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign nations when there is a dispute with the u.s. there's never been a successful prosecution ever. the sources tell me that while flynn discussed the sanctions he apparently never made any specific promises to the russian ambassador. >> but flynn could get caught up in this broader investigation over the contacts between trump aides and allies with rugs during the campaign. >> reporter: absolutely. george, the broader investigation continues. the fbi wants to know if flynn or other trump associates were in contact with russian intelligence before the election. >> right, and some of the associates have already spoken out. carter page and paul manafort said they didn't knowingly speak to the russians.
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another in "wall street journal" said intelligence officials are withholding key information from the president for fear it will be compromised. >> reporter: we got strong and angry pushback from the intelligence community and said these allegations are baseless. now, what's at question here is whether the intelligence community might withhold certain information about sources and methods. that happens from time to time. but what is clear, george, is there's tension between the president and the intelligence community. yesterday there were two tweets from president trump talking about the fact that he thought those leaks might be coming from the fbi and the nsa. >> okay, pierre thomas, thanks very much. george, the trump administration also fighting a battle on capitol hill. president trump's labor secretary nominee withdrawing his name facing scrutiny over his professional and personal life after an interview of his ex-wife with oprah surfaced. our congressional correspondent mary bruce has more on all this. good morning, mary. >> reporter: good morning, well, robin, president trump is now looking for a new labor secretary nominee.
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andrew puzder was supposed to be here this morning finally having his confirmation hearing. it had been postponed four times. now canceled. he's the first trump cabinet casualty. millionaire fast food executive andrew puzder withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary. as even republicans voiced concerns. it comes as puzder's personal life was put under the spotlight. >> the most frightening thing was leaving. >> reporter: this 1990 tape making the rounds on capitol hill. his ex-wife speaking in disguise to oprah describing what she says was domestic abuse. >> he vowed revenge. he said i will see you in the gutter. you will pay for this. >> reporter: the video given to senators by the host herself. his ex-wife later recanted her allegations and puzder has strongly denied them. senators questioning puzder's business record too. >> there is ample evidence that mr. puzder is a terrible choice
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to head the agency charged with ensuring that women and men are treated fairly in the workplace. >> reporter: he once suggested he prefers robots to human employees saying they're always polite, they always upsell. they never take a vacation. and took aim at his workers' appearance. >> my first memo was no more people behind the counter unless they have all their teeth. >> reporter: he also admitted to employing an undocumented housekeeper for years though he later paid all necessary back taxes but it all proved too much for his nomination to survive. now, in announcing his withdrawal puzder said he was honored to have been considered. he is now the 11th cabinet level nominee to ever withdraw. by comparison obama had three picks that backed down. robin. >> and, mary, are any other remaining cabinet nominees in jeopardy. >> reporter: democrats are eyeing mick mulvaney for budget director but so far just one republican is opposing.
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he is expected to be confirmed later today. >> mary, thank you. george. let's talk more about it with matthew dowd and cecilia vega and, matt, let's talk first, you said yesterday the president will rely on this solid wall of republican support in the congress in order to keep his agenda moving. now, he lost some republicans on the puzder nomination yesterday but overall on the big issue, republicans are holding firm with him. >> yeah, there seems to be two dominant strategies in the republican congress using an old west analogy, there is the circle the wagon, we'll get too a defensive crouch and not allow anybody in and protect the president but then there's a series of scouts we'll say going out saying we need to find out what the danger and concern is. so you're seeing some, some republican senators and even beginning to see some republican house members, but that's the two dominant thing, circle the wagons approach and some saying let's find out what's going on. >> cecilia, when you watch the white house and the president and his staff, you've got the tweets from the president this morning going after the leakers saying the failing "the new york times" has to apologize.
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in some ways they seem to see the press more as an opposition than democrats. >> no different than the campaign. it's definitely playing out in realtime. i was in that press conference yesterday around reporters in the middle of the pack mainstream reporters who were clearly not happy with the fact that in this press conference for perhaps the third time in -- with a visit from a foreign leader did not call on mainstream news organizations, is leaning heavily on calling on conservative outlets. the reason this matters, it's not because we're complaining as journalist, george. this is a huge departure from past administrations who traditionally presidents have called on the associated press, wire services, but they're cherry-picking the questions basically and not getting tough questions in these press conferences on basically the news of the day. we didn't see any real questions on flynn and that's a problem when there are real answers this administration knows about who knew what, when. >> to me it's not whether
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cecilia vega gets to ask a question or jon karl gets to ask a question but no one with an antagonistic question gets answered. there is a full frontal assault on the first amendmentment we see in autocratic countries, not what is going on, subtle undermining and that is you call everything fake news that disagrees with you and don't call on any reporters that might ask you a question that is at all aggressive and might point out factual deficiencies. >> cecilia, they seem pretty determined to think this will work for them and it will be effective. >> well, it might be for the base and it has been up until now. i don't know how long you can sustain it. i don't know, frankly, how much longer a lot of reporters and media in these briefings and press conferences will tolerate this. what you're seeing now is reporters standing up and shouting questions at the president trying to get his attention. i don't know how much longer he can refuse to answer them. >> cecilia vega, matthew dowd, thanks very much. over to michael. now to that major storm moving into the west.
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it could be the strongest to hit southern california this season and let's go right to ginger with the latest. >> michael, already such a wet pattern setting up in parts of california. you can see pasadena, california, this picture of a giant tree, the ground so saturated all it takes is a little wind and we'll get more of that. look at the view from truckee,ist-80 shut down because of a mudslide and i think we'll see more of that as we go into this weekend. sandbags, bean filled at seal beach south of long beach and they are all in preparation for tomorrow. the flash flood watches smother from san diego through los angeles and mountains up to oroville and look at this, the series of storms coming at you, tomorrow 7:00 a.m., los angeles, 7:30. the drive time a mess in l.a. >> it's going to be. >> you always hear about needing rain in l.a. no one needs that much. breaking headline overseas. authorities making new arrests in the assassination of the north korean leader's half
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brother and matt gutman has all the details. >> reporter: good morning. early this morning malaysian police arrested two more members of a cell of assassins who police say tracked kim jong-nam to the kuala lumpur airport despite the fact that he was traveling under an assumed name and killed him with a fast-acting poison before melting away into that crowded airport. after zeroing on the suspected assassin in that lol shirt this morning police in malaysia tightening the noose around a cell of alleged assassins they say killed north korea's kim jong-nam. in this grainy video chinese tv claims to show the second suspected female assassin being bundled into a police car in kuala lumpur. kim jong-nam was the portly playboy and half brother of current north korean dictator kim jong-un. the brothers shared a father you see in this awkward family photo from 1981. north korea's former dictator but the brothers were estranged.
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kim jong-nam had reportedly been living the high life in exile in the gambling mecca of macaw. he was awaiting a flight when police say a woman came from behind and covered his face with a cloth laced with a liquid. police say it was poison and they say kim jong-nam complained of burning in his eye, dizziness quickly led to death. the poison killed him before he reached the hospital. immediately investigators began scouring cctv footage for two alleged femme fatales. three arrests have been made. the two alleged female assassins and one of their boyfriends. each carrying a passor the with a different nationality. kim jong-nam had reportedly sent his dictator brother a letter in about 2012 begging him to spare his and his family's life but the 33-year-old north korean had his own uncle killed and had hundreds of other government officials killed.
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there isn't much mercy in that regime, robin. >> no, rlines flight forced to m an emergency landing after hitting a deer during takeoff. abc's david kerley is in los angeles with the story. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, michael. the pilots didn't know they hit that deer but in flight they were leaking fuel as they were going along. as the american airlines commuter jet is speeding down the runway to take off for dallas another pilot sees something. >> i have a deer crossing in front of the embraer. >> reporter: even the pilots don't realize exactly what happened. >> did you hit something on the runway. >> no, we had a loud bang though we're coming back. >> reporter: with jet fuel streaming out of its right wing it makes a quick return to the charlotte airport for an emergency landing. on the ground the nearly 50 passengers and crew stream out of the jet and firefighters start pouring on foam. passengers say the jet was
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making some strange noises. >> it was pretty loud. it didn't just sound like a street bump. it was like boom. >> all of a sudden you could hear the bong, bong, bong going in front. >> reporter: the damage from the deer hit is clear on the right wing of the jet. while deer strikes on roadways are common there are 3,300 every day, there is less than one a week at an airport. but the more than 40 aircraft deer strikes a year on average usually do result in damage to the aircraft like this one. and that damage is costly. in the last 25 years deer hits have actually cost aircraft damaged aircraft a total of nearly $60 million. >> wow. david, thanks very much. amy right here with today's other top stories. >> people were saying this story we're about to bring you sounded like a plane crash. it was a series of explosions and fires that lit up the night sky in eastern washington state and the fire was coming from a power substation. that explosion knocked out power
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in three cities. investigators are blaming equipment failure. new immigration standoff in denver where a mexican born woman is taking refuge in a church to avoid deportation. immigration officials say they denied jeanette vizguerra's request to say in the u.s. because of two misdemeanor convictioned. she says she has worked and paid taxes here for 20 years. well, federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation of fox news channel. at issue whether the company failed to tell investors about payments it made to employees who claimed they were sexually harassed by roger ailes. fox cooperating with that. someone's trash got turned into a treasure. someone dumped in old television center unaware that the previous owner had stashed $100,000 inside of it. he had given the tv to a friend and forgot about the cash. he says he stashed 30 years ago.
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it's a good thing the worker at the recycling center is an honest woman. she called police when she found the stash of cash and tracked down the rightful owner because there were documents in this cash box. police now understandably told the owner, you might want to put that in a bank. a little safer there. >> how do you forget? >> i don't know. >> must have been doing if he forgot. >> oh, yes. >> gosh. i tip that much. yeah. more snow in the northeast, ging. >> imagine 3 to 6 feet o of sno had fallen in the last nine days in parts of maine. semi off, a lot of places around portland had a foot or more overnight. this storm will wrap up in the next 1 hours or so. it is still in place we have winter storm warmings and advisories -- warnings and advisories. let's get to the rainy cities
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brought to you by silk. >> reporter: a lot of rain out west, along the west coast according to the rainy cities. we have flurries and snow showers one north of berks county and the poconos. as we head outside, we have clouds and sun, pretty picture of the commodore barry bridge. blab the winter coat and extra gear we have windchills in the 20s. this afternoon, 37, windy andy cold, with windchills in the 20s all the way. 45 tomorrow, and beautiful this weekend. how russia recruits in
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emerge and see. edwards, 7:23 thursday, february 16. karen rogers has the latest after the big accident in chichester on route 322 good morning. good morning, tam, that fatal accident causing closures in delaware county. chopper 6 hd was overhead involving a jackknifed car carrier and suv that slammed underneath, wedged up there. you saw the sand on the road. a fuel spill. 322 eastbound in upper chichester remains blocked between 452 and i-95. it may be a while before they reopen it. westbound they have a lane block, as well. stick to 452 or 352 instead of 322 eastbound. outside on 422, eastbound we
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have an accident off to the side, police and penndot assist with that one. it's heavy from oaks to 23. i'll be live on facebook give giving you the rest of the traffic news swells tacony-palmyra bridge. >> we'll come back to dave and accuweather after this. >> reporter: we have a mix of
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clouds and sun, the big story does wind, 33 degrees in philadelphia, i think it's too cold for millville and cape may, they stoptd reporting. -- stopped reporting, they are around the freezing mark, as well. blustery feeling like the 20s all day.
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mild over the weekend, tam. >> we'll send you back to "g.m.a." and see you in 30.
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a day without immigrants is under way. some will stay away and keep their home from school to show the impact they have on the economy. >> you see different kinds of protests all over the country. blockbuster allegations that trump insiders had contact with russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign and brian ross is here with a look at how rugs try to gain influence in the u.s. >> reporter: good morning, george. the trump white house continues to dispute reports that any of the president's associates were in contact with the russians during the campaign. but there's no dispute the russians themselves have been making great efforts to get close to trump and the people around him whether the targets knew it or not. it's every russian spy's greatest dream, to have an asset, a source inside the white house or anyplace of power in washington. >> they always target a political figure. they want to know who's a mover and shaker in our society, who affects it. >> reporter: and as portrayed in "the americans" for the russians, all is fair in love
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and espionage. >> i'm in charge of fbi counterintelligence and my secretary married a kgb officer. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence officials describe a massive effort by russian spies to infiltrate and disrupt american politics. including the use of what are called cut-outs and front, people and organizations that would not appear to be part of russian intelligence. >> this is a theory of war, a 21st century theory of war that includes false information that includes cyberhacking, that includes, you know, in effect sowing chaos. >> reporter: senator mark warner is on a committee that is investigating into medding in the election and whether anyone in the trump campaign was involved. >> i think this investigation is maybe the most serious thing that i'll ever take on in my public career. >> reporter: when general michael flynn was in moscow in
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december 2015 invited to sit next to russian president vladimir putin, he was about to become the senior foreign policy adviser for donald trump. now the question for senate investigators and the fbi is why the russians carted the general who was fired this week and trying to exploit him even if he did not realize it. >> if by his actions implied or implicit there was an effort to undermine american foreign policy, that bothers me a great deal. >> reporter: also under scrutiny another former trump foreign policy adviser, carter page, who claims he's done major business deals with russians and defends its leaders raising the eyebrows of american intelligence officials. >> would you agree that vladimir putin is a thug as some have called him? >> you know, i thoroughly disagree. >> reporter: page is named as a central figure in the infamous dossier of unsubstance yachted
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claims about the russians being in cahoots and told abc news the allegations are ridiculous. is it absolutely false? >> completely false and laughable. >> and former trump campaign manager paul manafort who once worked for pro-russian politicians denies talking to anyone telling abc news how am i supposed to know who is a russian spy? >> the key word is knowingly. what else are they doing? >> there are questions about finances and mr. trump himself. there are doubts remain as long as he refused to release income tax returns, one of the big questions for investigators. >> brian ross, thanks very much. coming up here in two minutes that murder mystery, two girls' bodies found after they went missing on a hike. their deaths rocking their tight-knit community and the search for the killer this morning. (mic thuds)
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desperate search for a killer. police and the fbi investigating after the bodies of two teenage girls were found along a hiking trail in indiana. abc's alex perez is on the scene in carroll county. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning. authorities say they are working around the clock to solve this case. the girls were dropped off on this trail for what was supposed to be a hike and a fun afternoon. but they never came back. at 2:07:00 p.m. on monday 14-year-old liberty german uploaded this picture to snapchat of her 13-year-old friend abigail williams walking across the strain tracks over a bridge near delphi, indiana. that would be their last communication. the next day their bodies were found in the woods just three-quarters of a mile from that very bridge seen on liberty's snapchat and launching a massive manhunt to find the suspect. overnight they released this image. investigators believe he was on the trail around the same time as the girls. >> this is rural indiana.
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most of the people that are born and raised here stay here. it is very uncommon for that to happen in a small community. >> reporter: the community is complete disbelief. >> everybody is ready to know what happened and why and who did this. >> reporter: a family member dropped the girls off at the nature trail for a hike around 1:00 p.m. when they returned to pick them up 2 1/2 hours later they were nowhere in sight. hundreds combed the trail looking for any sign of the friends. police checking snapchat pics for clues. their families at the time hoping for the best. >> missing, abducted. we don't know for sure. cell phone has been pinging around town. >> reporter: but search teams discovered their bodies tuesday around noon. this morning, a community in mourning searching for answers. >> now to think something could have happened here in our own town, it's scary. >> reporter: the fbi has joined this investigation. authorities say they are reviewing hundreds of tips, but so far no suspects.
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robin. >> alex, thank you. abc news consultant and former fbi agent brad garrett, this is heartbreaking and you know this area very well. it's such a small, tight-knit community. what stands out to you totally guy didn't have some connection at least with the community is -- i think that's probably likely. that this is not like new york with people all moving around. this is three thing, it is either random, it's targeted, somebody watched them walk down this trail or it's somebody they knew. >> we heard in the report about the snapchatting and seeing the pictures so that puts their location on the map for some people. how do you think possibly that could factor in at all? >> it's extremely important because if you have a bad guy that happens to have a cell phone or some device that's emitting a signal, he may be
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able to put him or her in the proximity of the two girls. >> we see in the picture the authorities are putting out and asking if anybody has seen this person that was on the trail and looks almost like the same location where the two girls were, we saw the snapchat. what else are investigators doing right now, brad? >> you know, the real key is the following. who uses that trail regularly? because this is a very rural part of indiana, so are there regular walkers? who do they see walking around because the idea that somebody just all of a sudden appeared on this trail is probably not likely, so the real key is going to be able to identify people that move around that area and the other side of this is the girls. who did they snapchat with? is there some relevance to what happened to them in reference to who they were talking to? >> so rare in this area that something like this happens and you can hear from members of the community, they're just shocked. >> you know, their guard is not up like we are in these urban environments where people go in the woods and hunt and hike and
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do whatever they do and feel totally comfortable and this is another great example of vulnerability when you're alone. >> when you're alone. it was 12:00 in the afternoon an area they were so familiar with. hopefully we'll get some information soon to help. all right, michael. thank you, robin. our leg team coming up on our big board howard stern hit with a blockbuster lawsuit accused of broadcasting a woman's private conversation live on air. plus, the young lottery winner who says hitting the lottery jackpot ruined her life. how young is too young to play? we'll be back in two minutes with sunny and dan. they have all the answers. coming back n my t on my long-term control medicine. i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment with breo. once-daily breo prevents asthma symptoms. breo is for adults with asthma not well controlled on a long-term asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid. breo won't replace a rescue inhaler
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radio show. let's listen for a second. >> but when you make the payment it's going to go towards the tax. it's always going towards the tax -- >> jimmy. >> well, if he's working we can't interrum him. >> are you a collector. >> yeah, for the government? because it was about tax. >> this is a wild, wild story. so this woman calls an irs agent, wants to deal with her taxes. he had been calling howard stern and the lines got crossed. >> he's calling howard stern's show to get on the show. he is on hold. he's an irs agent. you know he's got some time to kill. he's on hold. why not do my job. my job is to take calls from people calling in about questions. takes the call while on hold on the "the howard stern show" and that ends up with the howard stern people, they start commenting on it. she's suing now. now bottom line is typically i don't know this would be that powerful a lawsuit. why? because the stern show didn't intentionally go and take it.
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it sort of was handed to them. the problem is when you're talking about tax return information, the law is very specific. it is different. you can sue for negligence and as a result this is a serious lawsuit. >> and, sunny, what could be the fallout here? does she have a case? >> i hope the irs agent doesn't still have his job. who does that? i mean, who does that -- >> you're working. >> with government property and i think -- >> put on hold by the irs all the time. >> you get the message, you know, we're going to record it for quality assurance, to the to be broadcast all over "the howard stern show." >> i think there is certainly a suit here and i certainly think she's going to win across the board. aren't we all outraged by just merely hearing it? and i really think that "the howard stern show" made a judgment call. i don't think they necessarily just were handed this information. not only were they handed it they decided to use it. that's where the liability. >> as a legal matter it's different the supreme court ruled on an issue of a radio
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station getting an intercepted information and they've said a radio station can use that information. now -- >> i think this is different. >> it's different because it's related to taxes but, look, is it outrageous? that's what howard stern and his show does. they do outrage. you know, that's what the whole show is about. you can say, oh, my god, "the howard stern show" is awful and shock jocks are terrible. >> does the first a.m. protect them. >> absolutely -- i'm saying not in this case. this case is different because you're talking about privacy issues and you're talking about tax -- there's a specific statute that relates to negligently releasing information about someone's taxes. so that's why this is such a dangerous case for them. i've got to believe they'll settle it. >> they better and think about it, shock jocks certainly are protected but we see this coarsening of our culture and think about don imus. he was literally fired for calling the rutgers women's
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basketball team nappy-headed hos. those were his words. there has to be a line when we come to these shock jocks. >> there has to be a line. for entertainment value it's entertaining until it's you then it's not entertaining anymore. >> i hope the people that criticize him don't listen. that's all i'm saying. >> we got to move on to our next story. most people, you dream of, what, hitting a million dollar jackpot. one of britain's youngest winners jane park is claiming the money she won at age 17 has ruined her life. and, sunny, at one point thee threatened to sue the lottery company and she released a statement and in it she says she strongly believes the age limit for playing the lottery in the uk should be 16 to 18. now, increase it from 16 to 18. >> yeah. >> what do you think? do you think is there a certain age or is 16 too young. >> i think it's too young. we're talking about gambling. i was in college at 16. i was a crazy person, a nut.
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there's no 16-year-old -- >> don't tell on yourself. >> 16? >> i was in college -- doogie howser but she did things i think adults do, as well. if you look at her instagram page she purchased a purple range rover. a rolex. she had some plastic surgery. my question is where the heck were her parents and if you think about it, the curse of the lottery, have you heard about this, 70% of adult lottery winners go bankrupt within the first couple of years. >> the reason we don't let young people don't buy lottery tickets, it's because we're afraid they'll blow their money. you're 16, you're too young to buy a ticket. you're too young to throw away your money. >> 18 here. >> almost every state it's 18. three states where it's 21. iowa, louisiana, arizona. it's 21. but, you know, again, the notion the woman who won is serving as the face -- i'd rather see the person who kept blowing $20 a week who is 16 saying, you know
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what, okay, now i've got sympathy. >> used it. >> very hard for me to feel sorry for this woman. >> champagne problem. >> like, come on. you won over a million bucks and, oh, we're supposed to feel so sorry for you because you were too young to buy the ticket. >> it is a lot of responsibility but like you said you would hope where were her parents? >> and i will say with this lottery organization, they provide a lot of support. she was provided the opportunity to have a financial adviser, to have a private banker, but she bought a purple range rover instead. >> now complaining about it and now threatening to sue over it. >> too young. >> the lawsuit doesn't have much chance. >> no one on the set is saying this is crazy. this is like -- >> why is a 17-year-old buying -- gambling? >> i'm just saying. >> i think it's a little crazy too. it's all about how you handle it. a lot of 16-year-olds are like
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side. nonetheless you're jammed from oaks to 202. >> let's go over to sky6 live hd taking a live look across center city it's pretty to look at, but freezing to standing in, david. >> reporter: it's cold and there's a wind, we're up to 33 degrees we're above the freezing mark in philadelphia. close to the same elsewhere. windchills in the low 20s, this afternoon we're looking at a windy colder day, high of 39. windchills in the 20s, winter coats extra gear all the way. chilly tomorrow, less wind, better, high of 45. the week is looking like a big pay off. 60 saturday morning, 65 sunday. president's day, you have another winner another high of 60. >> a man and three children including an infat were injured in a house fire -- infant were injured in a house fire in grays ferry, a 10-year-old, 8-year-old and 5-month-old suffered smoke
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. chaos at the white house. the president under fire from both parties over contacts between his campaign and russian intelligence and the president's pick for labor secretary withdraws his nomination. health alert. battling the common cold. so many of us reaching for tissues and chicken soup right now, is popping more vitamin d the answer? dr. besser breaks down how to get healthy ♪ >> mariah carey's comeback. the star performing in front of a live audience for the first time since that infamous new year eve's meltdown on live tv. >> i'm going to let the audience sing. >> her brand-new breakup song as she returns to the stage. >> and we are "gma." the live event so big, hundreds of people up before dawn to help us pull it off.
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one town's story of struggle and resilience after a hurricane and the four women that helped all the kids and they're in for a big surprise as the comes together to say -- [ chanting "good morning, america" ] i don't know about you guys but to hear them shout we are "gma" gave me chills. we are excited of the we have a special surprise for four very deserving educators who have really done so much for their community and it is something that we're starting 50 hearts in 50 states. >> yes. >> it begins in blumberton, norh carolina. >> lumberton junior high hit so hard by hurricane matthew and we saw rob marciano there to help pull this off. surprise those four people who helped the town get through a
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tough time. who knew rob was such a great cheerleader. >> something else i'm looking forward to. "deals & steals," everybody. >> ah. tory johnson is here with big savings and they're starting at just $2.50 and continues to amaze us. >> our glam squad is hard at work. >> that is our own glam squad. takes a village as you probably know. there they are hard at work and help showcase all these great deals tory is bringing us and doing it with our audience members this morning. >> and did you notice glam squad, a little extra something for them this morning as well. >> i love how serious they're looking. never that serious backstage. >> never, never. >> no, they're too busy getting gossip. >> we have to get serious. amy has the news and morning rundown. >> we begin with president trump
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promising to track down the people responsible for leaks in the intelligence community. he blames those leaks for the crisis that brought down former national security adviser michael flynn. meanwhile, frustrations are growing on capitol hill and our chief white house correspondent jon karl is tracking all the latest. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, amy. general flynn is gone, but the controversy is far from over. the white house is facing louder and louder calls from both republicans and democrats on capitol hill for answers about the contacts between president trump's team and the russians. in fact, the top two senators on the judiciary committee, democrat dianne feinstein and republican chuck grassley are saying they want to hear directly from the fbi director and from the attorney general about general flynn's contacts with the russians. meanwhile, president trump is lashing out at the intelligence agencieses for leaking. two tweets this morning, one saying the spotlight has finally been put on low-life leakers. they will be caught.
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another saying, leaking and even illegal classified leaking has been a big problem for years in washington. amy. >> all right, jon, thank you. u.s. intelligence officials are strongly denying a report in "the wall street journal" that claims the intelligence community is withholding sensitive information from president trump to avoid leaks. one official calls that claim baseless. well, president trump's nominee to run the white house budget office is expected to be confirmed with only one republican senator voting no. the search is on for a new labor secretary nominee after andrew puzder withdrew his name following scrutiny of his personal life and business record. new developments in that james bond-style assassination of kim jong-un's brother. a woman in indonesia has been arrested for what bliss believe was a poison spray attack. the other was arrested after being seen on airport surveillance video in malaysia. and in health news a potential step toward detecting
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autism. using brain scans and computer algorithms, researchers have been able to predict with 80% accuracy which would develop the disorder and say they can predict it before a cold's first birthday. more research is needed, they say but it could lead to new therapies and other treatments. walmart facing a lawsuit today accused of selling fake craft beers. the suit claims the beers actually come from a major brewer that produce, quote, cheap college party staples. walmart vowing to fight the case. it could have been a costly donation. a california woman dropped some of her husband's clothes off at goodwill. she had no idea that inside one of those shirts he had been secretly stashing $8,000 to take her on a dream vacation to italy. as you might imagine when he finally told her there was a frantic search and then relief when a worker found the shirt and the cash the next day and i have to say the man wasn't putting it in his pocket the
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whole time. he actually had it in the bank and took it out to give a family member who was going to be evicted. he had all that cash in his pocket and no one knew it was in there except him. >> the money in the pocket and money in the tv. >> i know. >> money back in his hand though thankfully. >> that's good. now, lara, a warning, there is an adorable baby over your shoulder. she may steal your "pop news" headlines. >> hi, baby. [ applause ] >> so she was happy with the shoutout too. >> give us "pop news" here. >> i will, indeed. good morning, everybody. hi, baby. all right. so we're going to begin with our friend mariah carey. mariah carey in the news this morning because she is officially made her comeback getting back on stage this time at "jimmy kimmel live" for her first television performance since the sound check heard around the world as i now like to call it. except by her actually.
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that was the problem on new year's eve. remember she sang on new year's rockin' eve and couldn't hear so ended up not singing. well, she put it all to bed last night and she was flawless. crooning a performance of her new single called "i don't." here it is. ♪ i don't i don't i used to love you but i don't i don't ♪ >> i used to love you but i don't, i don't. that song inspired by her breakup with billionaire james packer. i don't know what was she trying to say there? >> she said it. >> everybody is laughing and i'm over here going i heard that. >> you weren't laughing. >> any more clarification in the video she burns her wedding dress. >> okay. >> apparently it was the wedding dress, so she don't. she don't.
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>> what? >> the perils of dating a -- >> yeah, get it out there. march 15th if you want to see her do it live kicking off a 35-show tour with lyle kneionel. sign me up. twofer. i feel like we could get there. >> hmm. road trip. keep it in mind. also in "pop news," justin timberlake in the news brings disco back to the academy awards and tells "vanity fair" he was inspired by abba when he created "can't stop this feeling." he even asked himself what if we did a modern disco funk record. that is what did it and created the song you are hearing and nominated for an oscar. he is out to craft a catchy melody that unites everybody including young people and their
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parents. oscars aside he is up for seven kids' choice awards in march, three wins under his belt already. kind of like the meryl streep of the kids' choice awards so he actually gave advice to meryl on how she too could have a kid's choice award. the work does matter but really just go there and be willing to get slimed. >> it helps. [ applause ] >> got to be a kid. >> i think you guys will like this story. a little sports story for you. tennis star eugenia bouchard is a woman of her word. the 44th ranked player in the world has made good on her end of a super bowl bet you might be surprised she took in the first place. when the patriots were down, what, 21-0. bouchard was feeling so confident that the falcons would take it home she agreed to a random fan who said, genie, if
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you're wrong and the patriots turn this around, you go on a date with me. >> oh. >> well, we know how the game ended. >> yep. >> last night bouchard did it with that lucky twitter user and looks like they had a great time. >> good-looking couple. >> yeah. she took him to a courtside game. nets. courtside seats and had a great time. and genie offered this little pearl of wisdom. never ever ever bet against tom brady. >> that's some glory for the guy. >> absolutely. >> it sounds like one of those stories in the future they're married and you go, how did you meet? good start. >> cute story. >> striking couple. >> yeah. >> she's no dummy. she was like, no, no, oh, okay. >> lara. >> oh, robin. that's "pop news," guys. that's all i got. >> thank you. [ applause ] coming up here on "gma,"
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we are back now with that new report about a cure for the common cold. researchers are taking a closer look at whether vitamin d supments could help. our chief health and medical editor dr. richard besser will join us now. he is in the atl there in atlanta. so, rich, he will it us about the new study. >> yeah, so researchers looked at more than two dozen studies that have been done to address the question and found some of them showed a benefit in terms of preventing coals and some did not. when they combined them what
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they found for those who did not take vitamin d 42% got a cold. for those who took it it was 40%. only a 2% reduction. they feel more studies have to be done and i agree. >> why is it so hard to find a cure for the cold? >> yeah, you know, when we think about the common coal, it's actually caused by hundreds, if not thousands of viruses. so coming up with something that works against all those is difficult. and viruses mutate so something that may work this year probably wouldn't work next year and because coals are mainly an annoyance, the fda would require incredibly gentle medications with no side effects if they would approve something for treatment. >> people believe a lot of things about fighting the cold once you have it. are you going to bust some myths. chicken soup. you get the cold and it restores your immune system. true or false gentleman. >> false, but i love taking chicken soup. it makes me feel better.
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>> a lot of disappointed people. okay, megadoses of vitamin c. does that help? true or false? >> false. it doesn't help once you have a coal. there are studies that show if you take it every day it could reduce your cold about a half a day but doesn't prevent coals either. >> last but not least the old antibiotic. does that help, true or false? >> absolutely false. you know, all it's going to do is give you side effects. coals are caused by virus, antibiotics work against bacteria. unfortunately, false. >> sorry, george. >> all week long, nothing is working. >> it doesn't help. wow. coming up winter beauty "deals & steals." see tory johnson and our glam squad. ♪ you're so beautiful ♪ at whole foods market, we believe in food that's naturally beautiful and fresh. delicious and powerful, and full of nutrients.
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>> good morning, i'm tamala edwards, 8:27 a.m., thursday, february 16. let's go ove rogers taking a look at new jersey. >> reporter: traffic is at a standstill, new jersey turnpike, crawling to the delaware memorial bridge past exit 2 because of an accident that only has two lanes getting by. a big accident on the bridge southbound heading into delaware. you can see speeds of 5 miles per hour on the turnpike. similar speeds on 295 leading to the bridge. we're hearing it should be cleared soon. in new jersey, west deptford, traffic is a mess here, 295 which is jammed as you travel northbound here towards belmawr, you're jammed 130 to approaching 42 where an accident
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the is blocking the left lane. chopper 6 hd was over head the horrible accident scene in upper chichester, a fatal accident has 322 blocked between 452 and i-95. stick to 452 or 352 westbound you have a lane blocked there, as well. >> let's head outside to david murphy who says you will need the coat. just as you threw to me, a gust of wind came across the terrace. storm tracker 6 live double scan, an indication how cold it is, light snow showers coming down out of the north, nuisance stuff, but it's there. 33 degrees under clouds and sun in philadelphia. feels like the low 20s with the winds picking up. the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast shows it stays cold today, high of 39, windy and windchills in the 20s all the way, so extra gear, coats, gloves, all that good stuff. 45 tomorrow, less wind, and the weekend looking gorgeous, tam, highs of 60 or better, saturday,
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sunday and president's day monday. >> i'll keep that in mind as i bundle up today. back to "g.m.a.," see you in 30.
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♪ i know you hear us at home say this all the time but we have a fantastic audience. [ applause ] so much fun. so much fun. >> a lot of fun. >> i know our audience will be excited as i know you guys will be about hearing this next story. it is an update to a story we shared earlier this week. now we have some members of a fifth grade basketball team from new jersey here and the league told them they couldn't play the rest of the season because they had two girls on the team. now, the issue was they had been playing as a coed team already for four years so every single
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member voted to forfeit the rest of the games rather than play without the girls. showed solidarity. [ applause ] but the update is there's some good news, they're going to be allowed to play together as a team, boys and girls, for the rest of the season and all of the games that they missed are going to be rescheduled and this is -- >> that's the way it should be. >> and this is it the way it should be too. take a look at their reaction. >> we're in the playoffs. [ applause ] [ chanting ] >> i know. >> yeah. we want to wish them the best rest of the season. >> unity, unity, unity. >> just keeping it going because we're bringing out damien chazelle, director of "la la land." let's bring him out right now.
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[ applause ] >> good to see you. >> hi. >> how are you? >> how are you? >> oh, my gosh, an honor to meet you. >> nice to see you. >> good to see you. >> congratulations on everything. [ applause ] everything. >> you are on a roll. "whiplash" and "la la land," 14 oscar nominations sweeping all the awards. [ applause ] >> has it sunk in yet. >> no, probably -- it's probably obvious that it hasn't when you just look at me. i'm like -- i find it crazy of the i find it surreal. i am thrilled a lot of the people who made the movie with me are getting acknowledged. that's a great thing. >> and you got so much attention for that incredible opening scene, that amazing dance number on the l.a. freeway.
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now, is it really true you almost didn't do it. >> well, so what happened is we did it. we always wanted to do it but then when we were editing the movie it seemed to not work for a long time. there was stuff around it. ah, this isn't really getting us into the movie the way we need it to. first we thought it was the scene and four months the movie didn't have -- >> it started with the next scene. >> basically, yeah, started with like a little bit between ryan and emma. >> what's that like when you say it's not working? what do you mean it's not working? what's not happening? >> it's tough to describe. it's kind of -- i mean in a way it's part of the pain and joy of making a movie. a lot of it you can't explain. you sit and watch and something feels right, feels wrong. i found it helpful to invite friends to the cutting room and watch scenes or the movie and mainly just kind of watch them watch it because you could kind of see, oh, where they're twitching in their seat and kind of recoiling or leaning.
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>> when you're doing this, what are you seeing? put up that -- >> directors do it for show. >> i was like, what? >> really cool. >> looks great. >> we have to look like we know something. >> in the scene george talked about earlier i was amazed at because of the coordination of the scene and secondly you were able to stop traffic in l.a. for that long. that blew my mind. >> how did you do that? >> well, i alone didn't -- could never have done that. it was an incredible team of -- my choreographer mandy moore, different mandy moore than some people think. and the whole crew on the movie, they managed to convince the city to let us shoot on this freeway for a saturday and sunday so we kind of went in in the dead of night, piled all the cars in there and the crew got it all ready and started rehearsing at dawn. then as soon as the sun is high you start shooting and cram it
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out until the sun sets again. >> did you wear a disguise so people being held up in traffic didn't hate you for it. >> good luck with that. >> irito. we were up -- you were up on this ramp and in the number you can see cars just kind of going down and my actually -- my editor who i'm good friends with tells me a story he was driving his kid, i think, to the zoo or something, one of those days and li looked up at the freeway, he forgot we were shooting, oh, god, i do not want to be up there. car after car stopped and then he likes looks closer and sees the cars just stop at a certain point and people on top of the cars and he's like and then it occurred to me they're shooting. it's damien. >> if you're one of the few who haven't seen "la la land," here it is. >> i go the a callback. >> what? come on. for what? >> for a tv show. the one i was telling you about. >> "the dangerous minds meets -- >> yeah. >> congratulations. that's incredible. >> i feel like i said negative stuff about it before.
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>> what? >> it's like "rebel without a cause." >> i got the blitz. >> yes. >> you've never seen it. >> i've never seen it. >> oh, my. >> those two are just magic on the screen. [ applause ] >> i was -- it's the best special effect you can ask for is just having the two of them in a frame together. i was really -- i was lucky. >> yeah. >> we're lucky. >> absolutely. you're just 32. >> yeah. >> gosh. >> wow. >> it makes it go what have i done with my life? >> just getting started. congratulations. >> congratulations. >> thank you. >> "la la land" is in theaters now. >> cross our fingers. coming up a special live event. we got a live event of our own. come on back.
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>> rachael: lets embrace the comfort foods. an hour stuffed with the best comfort foods on the planet. >> insane! drop the mic. emeril! bam! next rachael! ♪
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>> back here on "gma" we have people from all over. my ladies from gunnerson, colorado. your name. >> sam. >> ollie. >> sam and ollie i let's get a check of weather. >> reporter: all right, ginger, it's windy and cold out there, we've got a couple of light snow showers streaking off the great lakes, lake erie in particular. 39 degrees is the high, windchills in the 20s, bundle up from start to finish. getting better toward the weekend!
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>> okay, it is clearly the moment of the morning that we love to share these kind of big moment, surprises with all of you at home. part of what we like to call we are "gma" and this morning we are in lumberton, north carolina, a city devastated by hurricane matthew last fall. more than 350 families are still living in temporary shelters. the flooding also destroyed the community center and west lumberton elementary school. those students now sharing the junior high and it's four women who have been bringing this community and the students together and they are with our rob right now. good morning, rob. [ applause ] >> good morning. good morning, robin. here they are as you mentioned. hurricane matthew. you know, so often it's the coastal town, beach towns that get all the attention when a hurricane comes ashore. more often than not it's the inland cities that get the horrific devastating flooding and the way the community
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persevered is truly remarkable. fema came in and did their part and helped out a lot but there is a lot of work to be done. i am here with sorry, angela faulkner, the president or the principal of this junior high school. >> yes. >> with tara bullard the west lumb lumberton elementary school sord vicki mcgurt. both student counselors instrumental in getting the community back on its feet. make no mistake, these fuhr ladies are heroes and what they don't know is that we are here to honor and celebrate them with this community to show them just how much they appreciate you. have a look. >> there is flooding everywhere. >> lumberton, north carolina, hurricane matthew leaving three-quarters of the city underwater. over 1,000 homes destroyed. >> when you realize you don't have a home, you don't have
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nothing. >> the town's beloved elementary school left in shambles. >> it's very emotional. this school nemeans a lot to me and my family. >> reporter: four women working tirelessly day and night to help all the kids displaced. student counselor, vicki mcgurt and felicia hunt locating kids in and shattered homes providing much needed comfortsu mission and knew that there was no option of failure, that they had to make sure that these kids that got displaced and lost their homes and their lives, that they were taken care of. >> reporter: and a big change for many students. lumberton junior high would now house the elementary school. the two principals, tara bullard and angela faulkner combined staff and resources to create a unified school and safe haven. on the first day back to school, big cheers and hugs.
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the student counselors meeting students and taking them into their new school. >> it made me feel like i was safe there. i didn't have to worry about anything. >> reporter: seeking out students who really needed help and making sure that everyone felt cared for. together, these women inspired, led, gave hope to the recovering community. >> miss tara, i have so much respect for her, i look at her and i see a small package with a whole lot of heart. >> felicia, i know how lost we would be without her and during this time, she was our angel. >> miss vicki mcgurt is the most amazing, sweet, passionate woman i've ever seen in my life. she cares about our student, our students are always first. ♪>> how about that? >> i tell you what, lady, miss felicia, i heard you reference the students as your babies. what is it make you feel right
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now to hear your babies and their appreciation for you? >> it brings tears to my eyes because you just show up every day and you hope that what you're doing make a lot of difference in their lives and it does. it's good to see. >> miss tara, you were in your school the moment the water receded. digging out whatever supplies you could have. you've come a long way, haven't you. >> yes, a very long way and just been very welcomed on this campus. >> and, lady, i know you made sure they had a christmas, a thanksgiving and made sure they had supplies and things at omaha they needed for their families. i mean, truly, truly heroes. you have given of your heart and your soul to this community last four months and we want to do a little something if you don't mind. give a little piece of our collective hearts here at "gma" and the lumberton community, are you ready? go, go, go. that's it. that's it. the prep band, the cheerl
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seventh graders and the elementary schoolkids. i love it. let's get a good shot of it. take a look at what it looks like from the air. [ cheers and applause ] >> wow. >> i love that. >> that's awesome. >> see that heart. >> awesome. >> you gave a lot of leadership. how does it feel to get that love back. >> it is awesome. oh, wow. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> now, hundreds of people here giving you their collective heart. i love it. you guys just made the "gma" heart, thank you very much. [ cheers and applause ] well, we're not just here to give you our "gma" hearts. you know you've been tu a lot and rebuild and thank you for being an inspiration and creating the future you imagine for your students our parent company disney is pledging to
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build a brand-new playground right here in lumberton. [ cheers and applause ] right near the activity center. i know that's the central point of this community. left that whole place underwater. devastated. it's been closed since october. we'll help you get back on your feet as part of disney, abc and espn meet me at the park campaign, 16 local parks will receive grants for improvement projects including the park right here in lumberton. you got it. [ cheers and applause ] all right. if you don't mind, we're not done here. rose home improvement headquartered right here in north carolina has a little something else to add. tad maddox, the store manager. welcome. give it up. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> on behalf of lowe's home improvement we're happy to offer you a $50,000 dough nation to the activity center and extremely proud to be a part of this community and here for the long haul to make sure we are rebuilt with pride. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> $50,000. from lowe's home improvement. what do you say, ladies? >> thank you, chad. >> not only build the activity center, that activity center from what i've learned is where the kids go to play sport, it's where the kids go to study. it's physically where the kids go to have fun and missing since hurricane matthew so with the help of disney and lowe's, the heart of the community can start again. miss felicia. what do you think about that. >> i think it's phenomenal. we're so excited. thank you. >> miss vicki. >> it's awesome. it's amazing. thank you.
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>> miss tara. >> wonderful. >> and miss angela. >> you know, thank you. >> so honored for me to meet you and so honored for the entire "gma" staff to be here. chad, thank you for the big bucks. i just have one more question for everybody here. who are we? [ chanting we are lumberton, we are "gma" ] ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> and there's else that we want to mention. let me check with the control room. am i still okay to mention this -- okay, there are still hundreds of displaced families, go to our site to find out how to help. dare to day nate a dollar to support our friends in lumberton. it's been such a wonderful
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♪ all right. so it is time for good eats. you guys excited? it smells so good thanks to timon balloo. the executive chef and creator of las vegas' hot spot called sugarcane, great dishes you can translate for your dinner, which we love. timon, spokesperson for las vegas. >> yes. >> correct? tell us about your new restaurant, sugarcane. >> well, we're in the venetian plaza hotel. i speak globally inspired small plates. a lot of flavor. fun time. >> so you can try a bunch of
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different things. i don't like to commit to the one thing. small plate kind of gal. you also have a big event coming up. everybody, you might want to know about it. vegas uncorked and four-day wine and food extravaganza. sign us up. when does that happen. >> it'll be a great time. a lot of fun, great food, great chef, happening during april 27th through 30th. dom out if you're in the area, it's going to be awesome time. >> you know what they say about vegas. so what are we making for our dinner tonight? >> we're doing soy marinated chicken thighs and what we have here is a little bit of soy sauce, a little bit of sesame oil, a little bit of honey, garlic shallot, ginger. marinate for two hours. that's a good amount of time. you see they get so dark and golan. >> why do you like the thigh? sk skinless. >> it's beautiful. just so juicy, stays moist and i like to leave a little bit of the skin on.
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adds a little fat and flavor. if you want to take it off later you can. >> asparagus done on a skillet. is this just slathered with olive oil. >> goes with great things. asparagus, potato, a little olive oil, sesame. we'll let the audience enjoy and you can get the rest of it on our website. check out vegas. who wants to eat? "gma's" sizzling suppers is brut to you by las vegas.
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all right, what a great morning it's been with everybody and let's see that moment again. our team in lumberton former ago we love "gma" heart. we love to see that. >> have a great day, everybody. >> good morning, i'm tamala edwards, 8:56 thursday,
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february 16. karen rogers has an update on an accident, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, that's right, we had an accident on the delaware memorial bridge southbound heading into delaware blocking most of the lanes, it has just cleared and causing delays, though, we're looking at 15 miles per hour on 29 southbound as you head toward the delaware memorial bridge. it's getting a little bit better, 38 miles per hour heading toward the bridge. the accident did just clear. we have an accident in pottstown 422 eastbound approaching 724, speeds of 9 miles per hour. overall on the big picture no major accidents on the blue route, schuylkill expressway or i-95. you see the morning jams 16 miles per hour on i-95 near the betsy ross bridge, 11 miles per hour on t expressway, of course we had the fatal accident that is closing 322 eastbound right near i-95 in upper chichester. >> let's get a last look at accuweather with david murphy good morning. >> reporter: tam, i want to start you with storm tracker 6 live double scan, we have light
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snow showers streaking out of the north. they are probably not having any impact on roadways. 36 degrees in in philadelphia. windchills in the 20s, winds are blustery today. that's the call, windy, colder, 39 degrees, sun and clouds mixing, windchills in the 20s in the afternoon. tomorrow not as windy, chilly, 45. the weekend is looking great with highs of 60 or better. saturday, sunday, president's day, monday. >> coming up on "action news" at noon, a house fire injuries three young children including an infant. a man suffered severe burns we're following the investigation from the grays ferry section of philadelphia. time now "live with kelly" is up next on 6abc. i'm tamala edwards. have a great thursday! we just moved into this house
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